February 9, 2011

DIY Japanese tape

DIY Japanese masking tape

Ok - you may want to classify this DIY idea under 'totally ridiculous', 'totally irrelevant', 'totally useless', whatever... but please, do keep on reading.

This idea just popped to my mind while I was cleaning up my messy crafts table and my eye fell upon
- my double sided tape, which was still sitting there after doing this post and hence has started collecting dust already which is not so good on double sided tape
- and a stack of security envelopes (you know, these envelopes used by banks, insurance companies, telephone companies, utility providers which usually contain bills).

And since anything's better than cleaning up a messy table on your birthday, I said to myself:
'How about making some (not so) Japanese masking tape and writing a tutorial!'
Why would one make his/her very own tape, you ask me?
- because the real stuff doesn't stick
- because it's late at night, stores are closed, you ran out of fancy tape and you need to wrap that present, so you are desperate to find a tutorial to solve this problem this instant!

Well keep on reading then as I have something for you - As a matter of fact it won't take more than a couple of lines to explain.

What you'll need:

- double sided tape
- security envelopes, or by extension: paper with a nice print (magazines, origami, wall paper, ...)
- cutting board or if you don't have one, a ruler, pencil and scissors

DIY Japanese masking tape


1. measure the width of your double sided tape
2. cut your paper in strips same width as your tape
3. make a guess of how much fancy tape you'll need
4. rip off a piece of tape, same length as your guess in step 3
5. stick tape to the back of your paper strip - cut off excess paper
6. Use to wrap your present!

That was easy, wasn't it!? And again the possibilities are endless.

Now, if you were wondering about those little boxes that I have used in at least two posts - I have twenty three (23!) left as they were part of an advent calendar we received from a big and generous company - some boxes still have a little chocolate inside as we made our own advent calendar and never got to finish this one.
I might try a couple of chocolates now, actually. It's my birthday after all, and since my table looks even messier now than it looked before anything's better than...

(munch, munch...)

Note: If you're interested in crafts using security envelopes check out this post with a non-exhaustive list of security envelope based crafts. Feel free to add more links to similar security envelope crafts in the comment section of today's post!


Kylie said...

That is such a great idea - I've always admired the patterning in security envelopes. How can something so boring still have such a nice little touch these days - I thought the bureaucrats had stamped out all niceties?!
Looking forward to using my bills :) Kx

Chrissy said...

Really great idea, and you've used it so beautifully!

Janiece said...

Each of us see being "accomplished" in different ways...
You my friend are very accomplished in sharing so many talents.

nicole/brussels said...

mooi,hou van de pastel tinten, weer eens iets simpel doch smaakvol!

ZIZO label said...

nice idea, that's recycling, upcycling and customizing in one!
Thanks, Christien

Laura said...

I've been saving security envelopes for about a year (to get a good mix of patterns & colours) but haven't cut into them yet. I'll add this project to the list of things to try when I get them out!

virginia said...

i love this idea; you are so "less is more" - i think i'll use this to fasten the boxes i make.

happy birthday, too! i think you will enjoy your forties - i did.

blue moss said...

love love love this idea!!
and the list from your other post...so many great things to try!! you always share the best things!!
and here's a link ...i just reposted about a valentines garland by jackie at smooth pebble made out of secruity envelopes the other day.....

Michelle L. said...

Fantastic and simple. Love the look and the idea!

ArtMind said...

Oh Pascale, I'm so sorry! I just now see your tutorial! In no way I meant to copy your tuto and I feel extremely sad & bad that I made a similar tuto! :(
I suppose that great minds think alike! ;)
I'll put a link to your tuto in my post but let me know if you like me to delete it.
I don't get too much boring security envelopes & I like to use pretty Decopatch paper too! :)

sarah - dodeline design said...

FUn idea, thank you for sharing!

gm glimmerglass said...

The simplicity of this is genius. Thanks!

Heidi Abreu said...

OMG! This is amazing! Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial! :D

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